God’s church is His elect, His “chosen ones.” To those drenched in humanism, that will sound elitist and unacceptable, for humans do the choosing in this world.
But the Scriptures of truth say otherwise. They speak of an “election”–one not in which we choose or elect, but one in which God chooses those whom He wants to reside in. And this truth goes against the grain of unsurrendered modernism.
The words “elect” and “chosen” are translated from the same Greek word eklektos (Strong’s # G1588); its root word means “to pick out, to choose.”
These “chosen ones” are called “God’s elect.” And these play a big role during these last days. But who are they exactly?
Saints, Faithful Brethren, Elect of God
The apostle Paul shows us a clear picture of them in the book of Colossians. He writes “to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ” (1:2). They are also fruitful Christians (v. 6). They have “love in the Spirit” (v. 8). Paul confirms their “redemption through His blood” and includes them as being members of Christ’s “body, the church” (v. 18).
Paul, as their minister, is so close to them as Christian brethren, that he shares an astounding revelation from God. He declares to them “the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (1: 25-27).
Paul continues to share precious truths to the Colossians in ch. 2. He has called them saints, the body of Christ, and the church. And in lieu of all this, he admonishes them: “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering” (3: 12).
Being Christ’s body and church, and having His Spirit makes you His elect, Paul is telling them. And because He dwells in you, you are the “elect of God.” Or, because you are the “elect of God,” He dwells in you. Here we see the Colossians called saints, the body of Christ, the church, and the God’s elect–or His chosen.
“I Have Chosen You”
Speaking to His disciples, Christ says, “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit…” (John 15: 16). The word “chosen” here is from the same word translated “elect.” You are my elect, He is saying, my chosen ones that will bear the spiritual fruit, bearing witness that my Spirit is in you.
Later in that sequence, Christ prays for those disciples, and “for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they may be one; as thou, Father, art in me and I in thee” (John 17:20-21). Oneness–the Spirit of God in His chosen ones as the Father is in Christ.
That’s us, brothers and sisters. We have believed on Christ through the words written down by His very disciples whom He prayed for. We are His body, His church, His elect, His chosen.
So when we see “the elect” spoken of in the scriptures, know that it is His church, His body of believers. And we see “the elect” on earth during the Tribulation Period (See “No Pre-Tribulation Rapture” at https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2008/08/05/no-pre-tribulation-rapture-gods-elect-on-earth-during-tribulation/ ). Kenneth Wayne Hancock